Labor Day in the Santa Ynez Valley

Labor Day Getaways to SYVLabor Day, the long weekend that marks the unofficial end of summer, is nearly here.  As summer orchards give way to fall harvests, hold on to one more ray of summer fun in the Santa Ynez Valley.  What better place to spend these last long days than the tranquil valley of Santa Ynez with a glass of California’s best wines within your reach?

THINGS TO DO IN SYV LABOR DAY 2016

Blind Tasting Thursdays

Challenge your palate and kick off your Labor Day Getaway with Blind Tasting Thursdays at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.  Test your knowledge of varietals and regions with the vast collections in this blind tasting challenge. Thursdays, 4:00PM to 7:00PM at Wandering Dog Wine Bar.  $15 per tasting.

Jazz and Beyond in the Gardens

Capture the spirit of this time of year with live music in a lush garden with food and drink!  Songs and lyrical melodies play most of the day in this Solvang paradise.  Revelry of the heart is here to be found.  LOCATION: Solvang Festival Theater, Sunday, September 4, 2016, 3:00PM to 11:59PM.  Call 805.686.1789 for ticket information.

Explore SYV on Horseback

There’s nothing more breathtaking than riding atop a beautiful horse as you venture out on the trail and take in the majestic views of the Santa Ynez Valley. Vino Vaqueros offers a ride into beautiful ranches and vineyards located in the Valley, and ends the ride with a glass of wine and the option for lunch.  No experience necessary.  Visit Vino Vaqueros to book your ride now.

Lake Cachuma Wildlife Cruise

This delightful cruise on serene Lake Cachuma offers narrated nature tours led by Santa Barbara County Park Naturalists.  Observe waterfowl, osprey, hawks, bald eagles, and various other birds and wildlife.  Cruise times vary and reservations are recommended. Call (805) 693-0691 for reservations.  Fees are $17 for adults and $7 kids ages 4 to 12 years.

Paint in the Vineyard at Saarloos + Sons

Saarloos + Sons Paint in the Vineyard class provides a beautiful, stress-free environment that will both inspire your creative spirit and indulge the wine lover in you.  No previous experience necessary to enjoy this 2.5 hour painting class.  Step-by-step instructions and materials provided, including a full tasting of Saarloos + Sons Vineyard wine.  Create your landscape masterpiece! September 3, 2016 10:30AM to 1:00PM.  Call 805-688-1200 for reservations.

Labor Day Hotel Accommodations in the Santa Ynez Valley

With its mix of countryside charm and modern amenities, the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is designed for a Santa Barbara wine country escape. Let your spirits be enveloped and renewed in the serenity and sensational beauty of the Santa Ynez Valley!

 

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Live Summer Concerts Santa Ynez Valley

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Summer is in full swing and it’s time to pair the sweet sounds of live Jazz, Blues and even Classic Rock with your favorite pour! Santa Ynez Valley’s wine country offers a fantastic menu of summer sounds and it’s not too late to sip and savor from them all. Here’s where you can sip to the sounds of Live Summer Concerts in Santa Ynez Valley Wine Country:

Solvang Summer Concert Series – These free, Wednesday evening concerts offer the opportunity to picnic in the park while enjoying great company, delicious food and live music. Concert-goers are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and fully-outfitted picnics – including their favorite beverages (think local vintners!). Edible delights are available for purchase as is the nearby Santa Barbara Certified Farmers Market for stocking up on perfect picnic provisions.

Soirée Thursdays at Refugio Ranch – Visit charming Los Olivos Thursday evenings for Refugio Ranch Tasting Room’s weekly celebration, featuring the best in local live music, food pairings, and wine by the glass specials.

Music on the Patio at Root 246 Solvang is the spot for your favorite songs on this covered patio every Friday evening from 6 – 9 p.m. Happy Hour from 4 to 6:30 p.m., a full menu of craft-based cuisine, one of the most extensive selections of local wines, whiskey and craft beer,  and refreshing signature cocktails unlike anything you’ve tried before.

Standing Sun Live – Stop on by, grab glass of Syrah, check out the local food truck options, take a walk through The Gallery, and then take a seat and tap your toes to some great artists in a unique intimate setting. Bands from Seattle to Los Angeles, from Austin to Nashville – and everything in-between are featured at this unique industrial winery.

Sunday Concert Series at Zaca Mesa Winery – The last Sunday of every month features live local music out on their patio from 12-3 p.m. It is free for everyone, so bring your friends, pack a picnic, and enjoy a bottle of wine to enjoy for a great afternoon! Don’t miss the summer season wind down with live music by local artist Sean Wiggins on Labor Day, September 5, from 1-4 p.m.

Jazz & Beyond in the Garden Series at the Solvang Festival Theater
Wine country ambiance under the oaks in the garden and delightfully diverse music ranging from a Grammy Award winner to the local best, may be just the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon! Wine, beer and snacks available for purchase. Tickets are $30 at the gate.

We can’t think of too many things that pair better with a notable glass of Santa Ynez Valley wine than great live music in a cozy, relaxing venue. Well, perhaps delicious craft food bites and a relaxing place to stay the night would complete the picture, but you can be sure Santa Ynez Valley had that covered too! Complete your perfect sounds of summer getaway with a perfect stay. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just minutes from many of the SYV area wineries and Solvang, so don’t worry. Contact us to find out about our current specials and packages.

 

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Taste of Solvang 2016

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Experience a taste of Danish life in Southern California at the 24th Annual Taste of Solvang.  Join us as the Santa Ynez Valley celebrates Danish heritage with modern Danish cuisines and traditional farm-to-table meals.  The Danish Capital of America offers sweets, beers, wines, and everything in between.

Aptly meaning “sunny field” in Danish, Solvang is a historical home of Danish-American heritage, offering quaint boutiques, savory dining, and fascinating museums. Drinks and cuisine are inspired by European flavors and make the perfect destination event for food, beer, and wine lovers alike.

Taste of Solvang 2016 festivities begin Wednesday, March 16th, and last until Sunday, March 20th. Wednesday sets the mood for fresh culture and even fresher food with a special, chef-led walk through the farmer’s market. The experience continues with a variety of tastings, sips, and splendor throughout the historic town.

Whether guests want to casually wander through the Solvang boutiques and businesses or stroll through the village discovering new tastes and local favorites, Saturday and Sunday are sure to satisfy anyone’s desire. The two-day Wine and Beer Walk offers more than a dozen wine tasting rooms, bars, and taverns, tantalizing the senses with unique albeit exquisite flavors.

Top off your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to one of the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard. The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Allow a stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott to complete your Taste of Solvang celebration with the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities. Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang 2016 soon as availability during this popular wine country festival is very limited.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2016’s Taste of Solvang! Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivities and events.

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Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Vintners Spring Weekend

Wine a little at Santa Barbara’s 23rd Annual Vintners Spring Weekend! Enjoy 4 days of good wine, food, and fun thanks to the city’s best wineries and restaurants. The weekend festivities take place in various locations among the beautiful rolling hills of Santa Barbara’s wine-country. Each winery will host their own series of unique events! They will feature activities including dinners with the winemaker, library tastings, new wine releases, barrel tastings and more. With over 120 participating venues, your taste buds are bound to find something they love.

You’ll want to arrive early with events kicking off on Thursday! You won’t want to miss the first two days of fun prior to The Festival Grand Tasting which takes place on Saturday April 25th. You’ll feel like a local at the Grand Tasting as it’s celebrated with home-grown assortments only! Enjoy relaxing to live music while sipping on unlimited wine selections and munching on an assortment of samples from renowned restaurants and caterers.

Using a designated driver? Parking is free for your convenience! Everyone in your group looking forward to the unlimited wine samples? We are too! Luckily the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is located just over a mile from River View Park in Buellton, home of the Festival Grand Tasting. Spring is our favorite season in Santa Barbara and the perfect time for afternoon strolls to and from the Grand Tasting. You’ll want to book our Buellton hotel now and beat the crowd!

Be sure you carve out some time to shop and play in order to make the most of your weekend getaway! The sky’s the limit in Santa Barbara, with plenty of ways to soak in your beautiful surroundings, including a sensational hot air balloon ride. This year’s Vintners Spring Weekend is the perfect excuse to unwind like you deserve to!

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23rd Annual Taste of Solvang comes to the Santa Ynez Valley

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Hidden within the Santa Ynez Valley lives Solvang, Southern California’s very own hint of Europe.  March brings the 23rd Annual Taste of Solvang, “…a culinary journey through Solvang, where wine country meets ‘dine country'”.

Solvang (appropriately Danish for ‘sunny field’) is home to quaint boutiques, fine dining and historic sites.  Drinks and cuisine are Euro-Inspired, making it the perfect destination event for food and wine lovers alike.  Don’t let this tiny town deceive you; they’ve got some pretty big events.

Festivities begin Wednesday March 18th though many visitors continue to trickle in for weekend happenings such as Saturday’s Grand Tasting. At this event, visitors will have the opportunity to snack, sip, and shop throughout Solvang’s charming boutiques and tasting rooms.

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After a Saturday filled with shopping and snacking, guests enjoy unwinding at the 2-day Wine and Beer Walk. Solvang offers over a dozen tasting rooms, bars, and taverns. Each scene provides new flavors of local wine and craft beers unique to this Southern California city.

Complete your Santa Barbara Wine Country escape with visits to the many wineries and vineyard tasting rooms in Los Olivos, Buellton, and Ballard.  The SYV Marriott website features a complete list of Santa Ynez Valley Wineries and a downloadable California wine country map.

Your wine country trip won’t be complete without a stay at The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott – the perfect blend of countryside charm and modern amenities.  Book your hotel accommodations for Taste of Solvang soon as availability is very limited during this popular wine country festival.

Don’t forget to buy your weekend passport now and read more about the events on tap for 2015’s Taste of Solvang!  Tickets go quickly, so if you miss the most popular events at this year’s festival, visit the SYV Marriott site for a complete list of things to do in the Santa Ynez Valley and other annual wine and beer festivals and events.

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Summer 2014 in Santa Ynez Valley

We’ve officially entered the long and sweet days of summer. There’s something about this season that calls for a slower pace, more time dedicated to simple things and dates with our favorite people. Whether you’re an SYV native or visiting for the week, make this list of events a part of your own summer 2014 in Santa Ynez Valley.

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Your ticket to wine tastings at 15 premier boutique wineries in the Santa Ynez Valley, the Summer Pass at $40, is perhaps the best deal of the season! No reservation required, pass is good through August 31, 2014.

Fourth of July Festival & Fireworks Show
Sponsored by the Rotary Club of the Santa Ynez Valley, these explosions in the sky are considered the best on the Central Coast. Gates open at 1 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9 p.m. with fun, games and food in between.

Movie Night at Sevtap Tasting Room
Join the fine folks of Sevtap every Thursday for movies and good drinks. Movies range from cartoons to classics, including Casablanca later this month.

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Every Wednesday, dine under the shade of beautiful trees at The Vineyard House and enjoy the sounds of cool jazz all night long. A different artist or band every week, they’ll keep you coming back all summer.

Blind Tasting Thursdays
At Wandering Dog Wine Bar, every Thursday night is a great foodie adventure as you challenge your palate and learn about wine at the same time!

3rd Annual Santa Ynez Valley Polo Classic
Benefiting People Helping People, join one of the area’s favorite summer events on July 19, 2014. Enjoy the thrill of polo – live and up close, along with a champagne reception and 3-course gourmet lunch. You’re invited to dress for the occasion with creative hats and festive charm.

Summer Concerts in Solvang Park
Every third Wednesday of the month, Solvang Park is filled with the music of the night. Open to the public, the concerts are free so grab your chairs, blankets and picnics and revel in a night of summer air and great music.

Solvang Farmers Market
Every Wednesday, enjoy all things local by shopping at the neighborhood Farmer’s Market.

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Grab the family and head to Solvang Park this summer on Friday nights for classics of all kinds. Still on the roster for this summer? Despicable Me 2, The Lego Movie, Frozen and Star Trek.

In the Vineyard and on the Farm
Seated beneath the sky and between the vines at Bernat Vineyards, join wine maker Sam Marmorstein, farmers Debby and Shu Takikawa and Chef Chris Joslyn for an unforgettable dining experience this August.

 

 

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Celebrating the farm-to-table tradition and their 8th year of bounty, Buttonwoods Farm, Vineyard and Winery invites you to a dinner under the stars. In true farm-to-table form, all parts of the meal, from arm-raised meat, farm-grown fruits and vegetables to Buttonwood’s famous peaches and award-winning wines will hail from Buttonwoods own land.

28th Annual Los Olivos Quick Draw & Arts Festival
This August, enjoy the arts in Los Olivos! This festival invites you to step into studios, observe talented artists as they work to complete original pieces of work within 1 hour and then sell them to the highest bid during an exciting live auction. Peruse different artists showing and selling original work, listen to live music, and enjoy delicious food and wine served by Chef/Partner Robbie Wilson and his team as well.

PoolThe Santa Ynez Valley Marriott appreciates all the best things about summer – and we’re proud to help you experience them all during your stay. You’ll enjoy fabulous coastal weather and breathtaking sunsets as you pedal past miles of vineyards and cattle grazing the gentling rolling hillsides of SYV. Dinner al fresco by our outdoor pool will bring your night to a relaxing close while a sound sleep in one of our Marriott Revive beds will ready you for another day of SYV summer adventure! Book your summer stay now.

 

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Holiday Events in Santa Ynez Valley

Merry and bright and filled to the brim with things to do – there’s nothing quite like the holiday season in the Santa Ynez Valley. Here at Santa Ynez Valley Marriot, the spirit of the season comes to life in so many ways – let us point you to the holiday events must-do list!

The Holidays in Santa Ynez Valley:

Solvang on Ice
December 6-8
We know that ice skating isn’t exactly what people think of when planning a visit to California’s wine country, but that makes Solvang’s first ice skating rink all the better! Lace up your skates and prepare to show off the best of your Michelle Kwan moves under the SYVM_SolvangOnIceglow of Solvang’s Christmas tree.

Santa Ynez Cowboy Christmas & Holiday Celebration
Saturday, December 7
Join Santa Ynez in kicking off the holiday season with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause from 1-4 pm, enjoy holiday deals from shops and restaurants and watch carolers and the tree lighting at 6 pm.

Solvang Christmas Parade
Saturday, December 7
Starting at 11 am, Solvang’s streets will be filled with dancers, musical groups, vintage vehicles and animals! Come celebrate the magic of the season and see Santa Clause who will be available for visits and photos after the parade.

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Sunday, December 8
An all-day spectacular, the city of Buellton invites you to start the day with breakfast with Santa or come in the afternoon for concerts, cookies and cocoa. In the evening, wander the neighborhood block party, sampling from food trucks and playing in twenty tons of snow. The Mobile Light Parade will start at 6 pm and the Buellton Christmas Tree Lighting at 7 pm.

Holiday Wine Walk
December 14 & 15, 11 am- 4 pm
Enjoy a holiday taste of Solvang with the Holiday Wine Walk! A two-day event complete with 13 tasting rooms, the walk will lead you through the village, giving you ample time to savor both the holiday and Solvang spirits.

S’moresFest!
Saturday, December 14, 4-7 pm
Who knew such a genius event could exist? Brand-new to Solvang’s Julefest line-up, this delicious event invites you to Solvang Park in Downtown Solvang to jam out to the Molly Ringwald Project and holiday tunes while roasting marshmallows and creating customized s’mores from locally produced candy and baked goods.

Santa Ynez Valley Chorale Concert
December 20 – 22, 7:30 pm
The Santa Ynez Valley Master Chorale, Youth Chorale and Orchestra invite you to their “Welcome All Wonders” show. With music from Bach, Haydn, Mendelsohn and more to popular holiday favorites and carol sing-a-longs, it will be a night of true holiday music.

New Year’s Eve with the Molly Ringwald Project
December 31, 2013
A staple in the local-music scene, this 80s cover band will be focused on one thing alone: making New Year’s Eve the best dance party ever. Join them at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott and enjoy the prime rib buffet and midnight champagne toast to top off the night!SYV_Molly-Project


The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott is ready to celebrate the holidays with you! Your home-base for holiday parties, get-togethers and get-aways, the Santa Ynez Vallet Marriott knows how to make the most of this merry time. Book your company or organization’s holiday event at http://www.syvmarriott.com/santa-ynez-valley-holiday-events.

And while you’re at it, leave the New Year’s Eve planning to us, too! Ring in 2014 with the Molly Ringwald Project 80s cover band and our Prime Rib Buffet. Special local room rates are available and after a night of great food, music and dancing – why not just take the elevator home? Buy your tickets and book your stay now.

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Uncork the Story in Santa Ynez Valley

CaWineIf you are familiar with wine tasting protocol, the 5 S’s are nothing new: See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor. It is a simple way to ensure that all of one’s senses are invited to take part in the richness of the wine experience. In the flavor of this ‘S’ theme, we invite you to one more ‘S’…September. An entire month dedicated to honoring the bountiful story in your glass. The state of California and in particular the incredible Santa Ynez Valley region is embracing the multi-leveled experience of wine and celebrating all things wine from grape to glass and then some. Although wine lovers rarely need an excuse to raise their glass, this is truly the opportunity to explore and appreciate the fruit of the vine.

California’s Commitment to Wine

A little background on the source: California wine is a major contributor to the economy; the state is the fourth largest wine producer in the world. Making a full 90 percent of American wine, the golden state is responsible for $18.5 billion in retail wine sales in the U.S. Its broad industry encompasses may tiers from the scenic, historic, cuisine enhancing, travel and tourism, environmentally enhancing with committed sustainable practices, to jobs for 1/3 of a million people.

That brings us to the small but wonderfully rich Santa Ynez Valley. Worlds away from Los Angeles and San Francisco, yet just a short travel distance down the road. Here there is no mystery…no pretense, as simple as See, Swirl, Sniff, Sip and Savor…in September most especially. Plan your visit soon to Uncork the Story!

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Harvest in the heart of Santa Barbara Wine Country is a revered season when visitors and locals can experience wine from grape to glass. In celebration, wineries and businesses throughout the Santa Ynez Valley are hosting events, classes, dinners, deals and packages .It is a unique opportunity to see, taste and buy some of the best wines California has to offer, including tastings of special releases and library wines and entertainment around every corner!  Take a tour of a vineyard or winery, taste reserve wines or find the perfect food pairing at events throughout September. For special events and more information, visit the Santa Ynez Valley’s Visitor’s Association. Some of the many participating in the Santa Ynez Valley include: Sanford Winery & VineyardsCoghlan Vineyard & Jewelers,  AVANT Tapas & WineBrewer-Clifton WineryMosby WineryWandering Dog Wine BarCimarone and 3CV Wines.

©2011 Red Square, Inc.The Santa Ynez Valley Marriott hotel in Buellton, the heart of wine country, invites you to relax and make the most of your September ‘Uncork the Story’ adventure, as we host your stay overnight in true Marriott style. Wind down beside the outdoor fire pit on the cool fall evenings, start your day with our Starting Gate’s sumptuous breakfast and take advantage of our staff’s broad, local wine country knowledge.

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Santa Ynez Valley Brings on the Bacon!

Santa Ynez Bacon CelebrationIf the mere thought of bacon cooking causes your mouth to water reminiscent of Pavlov’s pups…

If your most heartwarming childhood memories include Sunday mornings with mom cooking up that ultimate comfort food…

Then the Santa Ynez Valley, a bacon mecca in its own right, has the key to make your bacon dreams come true! The home of world-class vintages and craft beer adventure is now taking bacon-fever to a new level…because yes, even bacon pairs well with wine!

Bacon-philes unite!

Bacon and Barrels Saarloos and SonsBacon And Barrels – Imagine an entire festival dedicated to cutting edge bacon concoctions and amazing cocktails to compliment them. As the bacon craze is reaching legendary status, that is just what the Santa Ynez Valley has in store Friday – Sunday July 19-21. The weekend kicks off with an all bacon dinner under the stars in Los Olivos. Followed by Saturday’s main event, at Saarloos and Sons Field, featuring the hottest chefs from the finest local restaurants preparing dishes starring bacon in its most inventive forms. The best mixologists, brewers, and wineries will quench your thirst with refreshing bacon-based and bacon-inspired cocktails and brews. Live music will be provided by the  Mother Corn Shuckers, an 8 piece acoustic Bluegrass/Americana band based out of the Central Coast of California. Bacontrepreneurs and bacon-friendly brands will exhibit their wares and even a piggy petting zoo will be on hand. Celebrity Judges will award the ‘Jefe del Porko’ award to the Top Chef and Mixologist of the day for achievement in the bacon arts.  It is destined to be a raucous, rockin’ good time for all. Sunday wraps up the bacon bonanza, so don’t leave yet! Cruise around the Santa Ynez Valley with your Bacon & Barrels wristband for deals on food, wine tasting, and more.  Click here for more information and to purchase tickets.Tickets availability is extremely limited so don’t hesitate! **Non-drinker tickets only available to date.

Santa Ynez Valley MarriottMake it a relaxing getaway and extend the bacon celebration with a stay at the Santa Ynez Valley Marriott. Allow our attentive staff and soothingly sophisticated yet rural atmosphere envelop you in a rejuvenating getaway. Keep in the bacon spirit as you ease into your day with our Green Chile Buellton Burrito or the The Santa Ynez Omelet from  the Starting Gate Restaurant, where innovative recipes of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you inspiring cuisine. Perhaps then indulge poolside with the Marriott Burger featuring 100% Angus chuck, aged cheddar and served with onions and yes…crisp bacon. Highlighting local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of wines from local vintners, our selections will encourage you to indulge your palate. Finally unwind in the Winners Circle Lounge with a wide selection of Santa Ynez Valley wines and micro brews to complete your day. Click here to book your stay today!

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Innovative recipes pare with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.
 

Innovative recipes pare with the bounty of the Santa Ynez Valley to bring you unique cuisine to inspire and delight your senses. Local produce, house-made ingredients and a selection of wines from local vintners will encourage you to indulge your palate.
 

 

 

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